Time to Spare? Roast Your Own Coffee at Home!
Now, we don't want to be giving away our secrets of roasting but taking up the hobby of roasting your own coffee can be rewarding and satisfying! When looking for new things to try, roasting coffee is an approachable fun way to stay busy. Plus, you can up your street cred one step further than the every day hipster! Is it worth the time and effort?
Well, being able to roast your own beans will give you the freshest coffee tasting notes and the most authentic coffee experience!
What’s the basic process?
Like normal cooking practices, adding heat to coffee beans will darken their color as they absorb it. At higher temperatures, oils appear on the surface of the beans. At 401°F the beans crack for the first time (this is first crack!) and will then start to expand. Around 437°F is the second crack.
There are many different choices when choosing your coffee roasting vessel. From a cast iron skillet, to a popcorn popper, or a special coffee roasting appliance. All are acceptable! Just remember, it will get smokey, so have a fan ready, windows open, and good ventilation!
Always continuously stir your beans as they are roasting! This will ensure they are roasting evenly to the same roast and extracting all the flavor profiles you are aiming for! Never roast above 482 degrees, which will result in a burnt taste!
Continue until your beans reach your desired roast level:
- Light Roast: Remove your beans from heat right before the first crack (356°F – 401°F).
- Medium Roast: At the first crack or slightly afterward (410°F-428°F).
- Dark Roast: Right after the second crack, but sometimes longer (437°F – 482°F).